Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 4

RANK
PLAYER
CHANGE
COMMENTS
1-- 0
Last Week: 1
Mike Trout - Trout has been striking out quite a bit lately. Is it just a blip or is he trying too hard to be a hero with every swing as he looks to carry this depleted roster?
2-- 0
Last Week: 2
Albert Pujols - I know it doesn't fit the narrative Angels-bashers want to put out, but Pujols has been on fire ever since the first week of the season. Like, Pujols-of-old on fire.
3green arrow up+7
Last Week: 10
Howie Kendrick - Hey, look who finally decided to wake up and start his 2014 season! Thanks for showing up, Howie.
4Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 3
C.J. Wilson - Wilson had been great lately... then he faced an actual offense with talent and SPLAT!
5green arrow up+2
Last Week: 7
Jered Weaver - Boy am I glad that Weaver bounced back in this start because it was going to be really uncomfortable for me if I had to finally give up faith in him and drop him out of the top 15.
6Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 5
Tyler Skaggs - Skaggs is losing a little bit of his hype after his hot start, but he hasn't really been bad in a start yet. Maybe he isn't a savior, but he's definitely going to help.
7Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 4
Joe Smith - Et tu, Joe Smith? Et tu?
8-- 0
Last Week: 8
Garrett Richards - Another start where Richards was almost really good but lapses in focus cost him. He's so close to breaking through, but I feel like that has been the case for three years.
9Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 6
Ernesto Frieri - Last week I pontificated that Ernasty might be back. Welp. NOPE.
10green arrow up+5
Last Week: 15
Michael Kohn - Wait, is Kohn actually good now? I think he might be but I'm scared to officially declare it in case it causes him to see his shadow and retreat back into his hole for six more weeks of bullpen sorrow.
11green arrow up+8
Last Week: 19
Chris Iannetta - Scioscia rode it out long enough and finally got rewarded with a big hot streak from Iannetta at the plate.
12green arrow up+8
Last Week: 20
Hector Santiago - At some point Santiago is going to realize that all these walks are going to continue to burn him, no matter how many strikeouts he racks up. Still, at least he is getting closer to making it work.
13green arrow up+4
Last Week: 17
Collin Cowgill - This is way too high for Cowgill, but I had to give him a little bonus for being the one guy who has stepped up his performance in an effort to fill the voids left by Calhoun and Hamilton.
14Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 12
Erick Aybar - Aybar just keeps sliding further and further into a slump, but there are so many other players that are of bigger concern right now.
15green arrow up+6
Last Week: 21
Ian Stewart -
You know things are going bad for the Angels when Ian Stewart is announced as the clean-up hitter and you think, "yeah, I kind of get that."
16Red arrow down-7
Last Week: 11
Raul Ibanez - After going 1-for-22 last week, his line is not longer good enough. In fact, it isn't even close.
17Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 14
Hank Conger - Conger didn't hit at all this week, but the bigger issue is that he forgot how to throw again. I hope he has a comfortable place to sleep in Scioscia's doghouse.
18-- 0
Last Week: 18
John McDonald> - Finally, someone was able to contain the "red hot" bat of John McDonald as he went 0-for-4 this week.
18Red arrow down-5
Last Week: 13
J.B. Shuck - Sure, one of his hits was a homer off of Scherzer, but Shuck only had one other hit all week and didn't draw one walk, all while primarily batting leadoff. Do you understand my irrational hatred now?
20green arrow up+4
Last Week: 24
Fernando Salas - Fernando Salas has inherited five runners this year. They've all scored. So while he has been better lately, he still has a long way to go.
21green arrow up+1
Last Week: 22
Kevin Jepsen - Jepsen actually hasn't allowed a run since Opening Day, but it still feels like he has been a problem all season long.
23Red arrow down-7
Last Week: 16
David Freese- The only reason Freese isn't ranked dead last is because he had the decency to come up lame with a quad injury and sit out a few games to spare us from his ineptitude.
24-- 0
Last Week: n/a
Brennan Boesch - I really can't emphasize enough how much this roster spot should have gone to Matt Long. Or maybe Grant Green. Or maybe just anyone other than Brennan Boesch.
24green arrow up+1
Last Week: 25
Yoslan Herrera - I can't decide if Herrera might actually be decent or if he is just barely holding it together and on the verge of a massive meltdown. I am leaning towards the latter.
25-- 0
Last Week: n/a
Josh Wall - My favorite factoid of the week is that the last Angels before Josh Wall to allow 5+ runs without getting an out in their Angel debut was Donne Wall.

Dropped From Rankings: Kole Calhoun (ankle quit on him mid-stride), Matt Shoemaker (demoted)

Biggest Faller: David Freese and Raul Ibanez, down seven spots each

Biggest Riser: Hector Santiago and Chris Iannetta, up eight spots each

 

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